July 14th, 2017
Summer is in full swing and with it comes… worry. Ok, we always worry about our children, but summertime brings a whole new list of things to be concerned about. Like sun-burn, heat stroke, and ticks. Follow the tips below to keep the kids safe this summer without taking the fun out of the season!
Drowning can occur very quickly (and quietly), in as little as 2 inches of water. While unintentional drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury resulting in death (wikipedia), most drownings are preventable.
- While in and around water, young children need constant supervision by a responsible adult, preferably one who knows CPR.
- Life vests made specifically for children are recommended over swim rings or “water wings”. Small children should be within arm’s reach of an adult in case of tipping or sliding out of the flotation device.
- Properly fitting life jackets should be worn at all times when on a boat or dock.
Playgrounds are a great way to keep children active during the summer. Unfortunately, more than 200,000 kids are treated in emergency rooms each year for playground-related injuries (CDC). Be sure to follow these safety tips to keep your little ones safe from harm.
- Check playground equipment for potential safety hazards.
- Young children should always be supervised by a responsible adult.
- Make sure children wear the proper protective equipment when riding bikes, skateboards, etc.
Visit kidshealth.org for more information on playground safety.
Summer is great for spending time outdoors, however, too much fun in the sun can be dangerous. Follow these tips to avoid sunburn, dehydration, or heat-stroke.
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (SPF 30 or higher is recommended). Check to be sure sunscreen also provides UVA and UVB protection.
- Never leave children (or pets!) in a parked car, even with the windows cracked open.
- Dress children in loose, lightweight clothing that can “breathe” easily and maximize the evaporation of sweat.
- Try to schedule outdoor activities around the sun. UV rays are at their strongest between 10am and 3pm. Take regular breaks in the air conditioning or a shady area to avoid overheating when playing outside on hot days.
- Learn the signs of heat-related illness and how to react.
- Keep active children hydrated by enforcing a drink break every 15 to 20 minutes.
Bugs, such as mosquitos or ticks, can carry diseases like Zika, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease. Avoid itchy bites and potential illness with these tips:
- Use an effective insect repellent containing DEET. The AAP recommends that products for children should contain no more than 30 percent DEET. Read repellent labels and always be sure to follow all directions and precautions.
- Take steps to make your yard a Tick-Safe Zone.
- When hiking in grassy or wooded areas, wear long sleeves and tuck pants into socks to avoid skin exposure.
- Be sure to check your children (and yourself) for ticks after spending time outside.
We hope you are all enjoying your summer! Please visit us on Pinterest for more summertime tips for parents!